Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Easily Leads with Strong $32.5M; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' #2 with $13.1M; 'This Is Where I Leave You' #3 with $11.9MSeptember 21, 2014 08:49 AM

by Daniel Garris

As was widely expected, Fox's The Maze Runner debuted comfortably in first place this weekend with an estimated $32.5 million. The modestly budgeted young adult adaptation opened in line with expectations and performed well with its price tag in mind. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Maze Runner delivered the sixth largest opening weekend performance of all time for the month of September. The Maze Runner opened 20 percent stronger than the $27.02 million start of last year's Ender's Game and going forward is likely to hold up better than Ender's Game did in part from facing relatively softer competition.

The Maze Runner debuted with $11.25 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.1 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased 19 percent on Saturday to gross $13.43 million and is estimated to fall 42 percent on Sunday to gross $7.83 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at an encouraging 2.89 to 1. The Maze Runner received an A- rating on CinemaScore, which is also an encouraging early sign.

The Maze Runner grossed $3.3 million from 351 IMAX locations this weekend. That represented 10.2 percent of this weekend's overall gross.

After this weekend's performance, Fox has scheduled The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials for release on September 18, 2015.

A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted in second place with an estimated $13.13 million. Universal's modestly budgeted action thriller starring Liam Neeson opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened softer than Liam's recent vehicles; including 33 percent softer than the $19.67 million debut of 2012's The Grey. A Walk Among the Tombstones opened with $4.7 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.43 million from late night shows on Thursday), increased a modest 8.5 percent on Saturday to take in $5.1 million and is estimated to decline 35 percent on Sunday to gross $3.33 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.79 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film was nearly evenly split between genders (51 percent female, 49 percent male) and skewed heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (77 percent). A Walk Among the Tombstones received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore and is likely to take a significant hit next weekend when Sony's anticipated The Equalizer arrives in the marketplace this coming Friday.

Warner's This Is Where I Leave You opened in third place with an estimated $11.86 million. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey opened in line with its modest expectations. This Is Where I Leave You opened 12 percent below the $13.53 million start of 2011's The Change-Up. This Is Where I Leave You started with $3.9 million on Friday, increased a very solid 28 percent on Saturday to take in $4.98 million and is estimated to decline 40 percent on Sunday to gross $2.99 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.04 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers over the age of 25 (86 percent). This Is Where I Leave You received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore.

Sony's No Good Deed was down three spots and 58 percent from last weekend's first place debut to place in fourth with an estimated $10.2 million. While the low-budget thriller starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson experienced a sharp second weekend decline, in the bigger picture the film is still performing well with a ten-day take of $40.11 million. That places No Good Deed 6 percent ahead of the $37.75 million ten-day gross of 2009's I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which fell 58 percent in its second weekend to gross $9.88 million).

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $9.01 million. The family sequel from Warner Bros. was down 43 percent from last weekend, as it was unable to duplicate the second weekend strength of 2011's Dolphin Tale (which fell just 27 percent in its second weekend to gross $13.91 million). Dolphin Tale 2 has grossed a respectable $27.07 million in ten days, but is currently running 27 percent behind the $37.18 million ten-day take of Dolphin Tale.

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy placed in sixth with an estimated $5.18 million. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero film from Marvel was down 36 percent from last weekend. With a massive 52-day take of $313.67 million, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to soon surpass the $318.41 million unadjusted final gross of 2008's Iron Man.

On the limited front, A24's Tusk was off to a very soft start with an estimated $0.89 million from 602 locations. That gave the low-budget Kevin Smith directed horror film a per-location average of just $1,472 for the frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Mar. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1300: Rise of an Empire$3,882,331-66%3,470--$1,119$48,920,7911Warner Bros.
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$2,231,679-77%3,934--$567$34,438,7361Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Non-Stop (2014)$1,291,895-68%3,11323$415$53,860,4252Universal
4The LEGO Movie$967,028-70%3,290-480$294$225,845,0255Warner Bros.
5Son of God$860,014-75%3,27111$263$42,734,2442Fox
6Frozen (2013)$277,633-70%1,660-86$167$393,272,30116Disney
7The Monuments Men$273,919-63%2,001-1001$137$70,850,2095Sony / Columbia
83 Days to Kill$273,330-64%2,348-524$116$25,777,4573Relativity Media
9RoboCop (2014)$210,205-64%1,714-1171$123$54,975,0104Sony / Columbia
1012 Years a Slave$183,862-67%1,065654$173$53,226,70921Fox Searchlight
11Ride Along$177,985-62%1,323-546$135$130,166,2558Universal
12Pompeii$170,452-60%1,658-1000$103$21,232,1093Sony / TriStar
13About Last Night$165,875-61%1,074-730$154$46,667,7524Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$87,306-62%605-340$144$148,471,47113Sony / Columbia
2The Wind Rises$83,872-68%4960$169$3,572,6573Disney
3Gravity$71,163-69%38444$185$271,885,95923Warner Bros.
4Philomena$68,465-62%670-427$102$35,975,84216Weinstein Company
5The Wolf of Wall Street$58,293-65%359-146$162$115,750,08111Paramount
6Dallas Buyers Club$49,182-68%31296$158$26,237,72819Focus
7The Nut Job$45,789-55%490-262$93$61,444,7948Open Road
8Lone Survivor$40,120-62%472-545$85$124,167,45111Universal
9The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$38,030-62%333118$114$257,435,54613Warner Bros. / New Line
10Endless Love (2014)$32,160-57%536-1338$60$23,134,2354Universal
11That Awkward Moment$29,117-38%188-420$155$25,616,9126Focus
12Repentance$26,077-67%1575$166$943,9152Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13Her (2013)$22,040-68%155-95$142$25,020,47112Warner Bros.
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$16,434-55%304-1013$54$127,273,14912Paramount
15Nebraska$15,390-67%180-109$86$17,483,02917Paramount Vantage
16Stalingrad (2014)$14,014-62%143-165$98$883,1302Sony / Columbia
17August: Osage County$13,375-58%196-150$68$37,318,24911Weinstein Company
18The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$10,583-61%133-65$80$424,098,84316Lionsgate
19Walking With Dinosaurs$10,292-61%164-31$63$35,903,25512Fox
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$10,190-48%107-260$95$50,108,8948Paramount
21The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,892-52%133-30$67$58,032,51111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$88,166-65%4--$22,042$899,3321Fox Searchlight
2I, Frankenstein$9,690-59%92-77$105$18,980,0317Lionsgate
3Gloria (2014)$9,565-73%76-26$126$1,788,0437Roadside Attractions
4The Legend Of Hercules$6,520-57%61-28$107$18,827,7999Lionsgate / Summit
5Inside Llewyn Davis$6,103-24%52-13$117$13,220,35814CBS Films
6Labor Day (2013)$5,939-51%84-23$71$13,325,9566Paramount
7The Book Thief$4,310-40%49-24$88$21,349,83518Fox
8Winter's Tale$3,045-57%82-623$37$12,474,0244Warner Bros.
9Free Birds$2,888-76%7426$39$55,728,81819Relativity Media
10Vampire Academy$1,454-55%32-79$45$7,751,6685Weinstein Company
11Grudge Match$1,066-63%45-30$24$29,803,82711Warner Bros.
12Ernest & Celestine$1,010-72%65$168$26,9702GKIDS
13Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$991-64%42-49$24$8,295,31115Weinstein Company
14Highway$369-87%9-71$41$525,3953UTV Motion Pictures